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good morning, breaking news. signs of renewed optism as the president reingauges with the warring parties. but with two days left, is there enough time to meet tuesday's deadline? miracle landing. a packed passenger jet skids off a runway in stormy weather, stopping just short of a ravine before breaking in half. so, how did all 163 people onboard live to tell their tales of survival? and the princess bride part 2. william and kate were at the chapel, again, but another pair saying, i do. live in scotland with all the pomp, circumstance and ceremony as britain celebrates another royal newly wed couple. as britain celebrates another royal newly wed couple. today sunday, july 31, 2011.
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captions paid for by nbc-universal television good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. we're just 48 hours from the point where the nation is unable to pay all of its bills and risk default but this morning some signs of progress. >> we have details of a possible detail coming out last night when harry reid said the two senates were trying to nail down loose ends and complete an agreement. >> we should stress, there is no deal quite yet. the situation is still quite fragile, but both sides are hoping to end this bittal debt limit showdown before the august 2nd deadline on tuesday. >> the senate delayed its critical vote until 1:00 p.m. today amid growing indications that this compromise could be in the works that would avert a federal default tuesday.
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we have the story covered from capitol hill to the white house. we begin this morning with nbc's luke russert. good morning. >> two days away from when the nation is supposed to default on its loans lawmakers on capitol hill are scrambling to find a compromise. today senator harry reid hopes enough republicans will support some variation of his debt limit extension plan. >> we'll come in at noon and have a vote at 1:00. >> reporter: still rangling to get his 60 votes harry reid delayed the procedural vote on his plan by 12 hours. >> i'm confident a final agreement that will adopt a senate long-term approach rather than the short-term band aid proposed by house representatives. >> reporter: after a compromise ben b between senate republican leaders and the white house may be on the horizon leaving hope that a deal could be struck by tuesday's deadline. >> the bill is not passed. >> reporter: but earlier in a special weekend session, house republicans overwhelmingly voted down senator reid's plan before its final version was even
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offered. >> the reid proposal is full of budget gimmicks that the american people are quite frankly fed up with. >> reporter: both sides of the aisle melt quickly behind closed doors and democrats met at the white house for an emergency meeting. the republicans saying they can work with the president to get a deal done. >> we're fully engaged, the speaker and i with the one person in america out of people who can sign a leader into law. >> saying you have an agreement in front of you, television cameras, doesn't make it so. >> reporter: crucial to the debt impasse. with senator reid's procedural vote delayed until 1 1:00 p.m. congress is left with two more days before the august 2nd deadline. the indecision on capitol hill has left americans both here and abroad worried about their own financial security. in afghanistan, concerned troops asked the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff about what missing the deadline would mean to them. >> if paychecks would stop it
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would have a devastating impact and have a devastating impact pretty quickly. >> reporter: visitors waiting to tour the capitol also weighed in. >> social security, we don't know what will happen with that. >> it's ridiculous that our lawmakers can't come to some kind of consensus on what is best for the country. >> now, lester, as the schedule stands today, harry reid hopes to have a vote at 1:00 p.m. on a potential compromise deal. here's what congressional sources can tell us about this deal. it would look like the following. the debt limit would be extended by $1 trillion immediately. it would then be increased by $2.8 trillion for 2012 and then a special bipartisan commission would be in charge of finding additional $1.8 trillion in cuts to get up to 2.8 and if that commission fails by christmas widespread cuts for medicare and defense and both painful cuts and defense for republicans and medicare to democrats and it's that hope that that shared sacrifice would ultimately lead to a deal to not only get
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through the united states senate but house of representatives on tuesday. >> luke russert on capitol hill for us, luke, thanks. here's jenna. >> lester, thank you. here's the president's schedule. on saturday white house officials confirmed that president obama sat down with republican leader mitch mcconnell. later that same day he met face-to-face with democrats harry reid and nancy pelosi. what is the president's bottom line. mike vukiis at the white house. >> after drauma and deadlock the president is back at center stage. remember last week after republicans had pulled the plug for a second time on the so-called grand bargain, the far-reaching plan cutting some $4 trillion ending up with some $4 trillion in savings from the federal budget. the president said, look, it's up to you, congress. congress gladly took the ball and tried to work something out. we saw how that worked ow, it didn't work out at all. mitch mcconnell the republican leader reversed field telling harry reid his democratic
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counterpart, look, we have to talk to the president. i can't talk to you any more. the president is the only one who can make a deal, as we saw in luke's report there. the president is engaged and spoke twice with mitch mcconnell on the phone and so is the vice president using his connections relationships built over years in the senate to reach out to mcconnell, harry reid and others to force this compromise as the clock ticks on. the bottom line for the white house all along is that they do not want to go through this exercise again in six months. they want the debt ceiling to be raised $2.5 trillion long enough and high enough to get us through the 2012 election that would create more uncertainty. jenna. >> the president is now engaged. where does that leave him with other democrats now that there's a potential compromise in place? >> you know, it's a delicate situation. conventional wisdom always holds that a democratic president will have the left there with him when his name is on the ballot next year and that is the center that he is going to try to have to get in order to try to win
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the election, win over those independents to build a coalition and build a majority. but the premise for this entire debate, jenna, has been cutting spending and there have been disappointments all along on the left since the president took office in january of 2009. the economy continuing to drag along has impacted the poor and minorities and traditional democratic constituencies disproportionately and now the president himself has put trims and cuts and changes to treasure democratic programs like social security and medicare on the table, that's going to be a very difficult line for him to walk. also very difficult for him when he has to ask democrats to walk that plank if and when this bill goes back to the house in the next couple days, jenna. >> mike, thank you very much. once again, here's lester. >> jenna, thanks. what does this all mean? let's head to washington, d.c., to david gregory, moderator of "meet the press." good morning, good to see you. >> good morning, lester. >> some of what we're witnessing here is theatrics and in the end
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they get it done and they know they get it done. what are your thoughts on that? >> here's the real pressure point here. this moved beyond washington gridlock to the potential of wall street meltdown. that's what's so serious. if you talked to key figures in the financial community, which i've done over the last couple days. this is a code red moment. people at their desks around the world at major banks who are bracing for a market shock, for a run on the bank because there is so much uncertainty around the world all because lawmakers can't get their act together. so, that's the real imperative here and you're seeing what washington is capable of when they've really reached the edge of the cliff here and that's what's happening. this is what is really driving things here. contingency plans in the treasury department about what happens if the government runs out of money. >> we're all encouraged to wake up this morning and hear that they are negotiating, but my question to you is, are all the right parties at the table? we've seen their competing interests here and that even the
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republicans had trouble selling their initial plan to the far right of the party. >> well, here's the reality. whatever compromise emerges is going to be tilted toward the republicans. one of the reasons that speaker boehner wanted to get the bill through the house is not only appease his tea party base, his conservative base in the house, but to sweeten the ultimate deal. the president talked about having a balanced approach, now, there's not any tax increases as part of this deal. that's a huge win for republicans. so, this is going to be tilted in the favor of republicans as the president tries to make a deal here. and, ultimately, that may be the best lever to get it back to the house and get it passed. but this is still a tricky situation. can speaker boehner deliver enough republicans to get this passed in the house, assuming we get this compromise settled in today and tomorrow? >> politics we get is rough and tumble, but can they kiss and makeup after this or is there going to be long-term damage here between the white house and democrats and republicans? >> i think there's a real
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failure to govern in washington, that's the bottom line. voters are disgusted. i think they're disheartened and become even more cynical. we had a near collapse because of a near government shut down and that went to the brink and now you have something far more catastrophic in a government default going down to the brink. this is not how governing is supposed to work. and you've got to look at a real potential impact in the election, and also confidence in washington to tackle the big problems. >> something that's been whispered about the last few days and getting a little more traction is this question of the 14th amendment and whether its discussion that the public debt would give the president a mechanism, if all else fails, to unilaterally go in and raise the debt ceiling. what is the word from the white house and are they getting pressure fraom within the party? >> there is pressure if need be. they are saying that the president's legal team has ruled
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out. but there's a lot of white house lawyers who are still involved in all of the potential end game. the reality is that nobody wants to default. they recognize what the consequences of that would be. so, i think that's still under consideration, but nobody wants to push that hard while they think there's the prospect here of a deal finally emerging. >> all right, david gregory, we'll talk to you a bit later in the broadcast. thanks for now. >> thanks, lester. now time to get a check of the morning's other headlines. we'll turn it over to richard lui at the news desk. >> we'll begin in iran where the trial of two imprisoned u.s. hikers held since 2009. they're accused of spying. good morning, ali. >> the case of shane bauer resumed on the anniversary of their arrest two years to the date. the court trial is going on as we speak and resumes at 9:00 tehran time, about seven hours
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ago and it's been a closed courtroom with heavy security outside the courtroom. we haven't heard about anything going on inside the courtroom nor does their lawyer know what's been going on. we've been getting all sorts of mixed signals in iran. the date of the court case seem to indicate that the two boys would be set free today. it was on the anniversary of their arrest, the holy month of ramadan starts tomorrow and usually during the month of ramadan, prisoners are pardoned. but the court case has gone on for much longer than expected. their last court case several months ago lasted a couple hours in the morning and done by the afternoon and we knew that there was going to be another session. today, it's still shrouded in mystery. so, we have to wait until the end of the working day in iran to find out what's going to happen. back to you, richard. >> thank you. we take you to syria now, activists there say at least 45 were killed in government crackdowns. the center of violence, the city
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of ama. leaving bodies scattered in the streets. protesters wanted the president to step down there since march. the fbi is offering $25,000 in reward in hopes of finding a missing 11-year-old girl in new hampshire. celina cass was last seen at her home computer on monday and today dive teams will be brought in for a water search. police insisting this is not a recovery mission and they hope to find the missing fifth grader. investigators have searched wooded areas and knocked on hundreds of doors there. two small planes collide in mid-air in alaska killing four people, but miraculously here, one pilot was able to land safely after that crash despite his plane's significant damage. the victims were in the planes that crashed and burned. investigators are trying to determine why they collided. this is arguably one of the most tense times in washington with the debt ceiling deadline looming, so nbc "nightly news" anchor brian williams tweewent
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the hill. if there was ever a week to capture the gridlock in washington, this is it. a special "dateline" "taking the hill inside congress." this is serious business. the way dodo the chimp takes on his job, too. he feeds baby tigers. milk held high with one hand for good flow and the other embracing and holding still these baby cubs. not all work there, here and there he takes some time for monkey business, as well. that's news, back to lester, jenna and janice. >> can i ask you guys a question. do you think we raised the bar just a little too high on animals and what they have to do to make it on "today" show? now we have a chimp that is feeding a baby tiger with almond
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milk, probably not dairy milk. it seems like the bar is raised really high. >> remember the water skiing squirrel and that was cute? >> that was big. >> we got chimps and tigers now. >> janice huff is here with a check of the weather. >> he'll be checking weather soon, i'm sure. the heat is still a big story for more than a dozen states. the heat goes on with warnings and watches and advisories in effect across the middle portion of the country and the carolinas and georgia. look at the records for the last 30 days from tulsa to dallas to wichita falls, consecutive records of heat, 100 degree plus heat and not much rain. less than a tenth of an inch in dallas since june. all right, here's a look at the temperatures for today. the heat is on all the way into the rockies. temperatures in the upper 90s to near 100 in billings, montana. 101 in oklahoma city and another
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>> we're off to a nice quiet start on this sunday. it is going to be a nice day. the humidity has gone up a little from yesterday, but not bad. oklahoma city and 98 in wichita. now, here's lester. >> janice, thanks. still to come on "today" the princess bride part 2. all the highlights of britain's other royal wedding, right after this. ♪ look around, it's happening ♪ oh, yeah ♪ imagine that ♪ imagine sunshine always shining ♪ ♪ ♪ imagine blue sky just for you ♪
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now to a miracle in south america and a terrifying scene as a plane crash lands during a storm. the impact broke the jet in half, but somehow all 163 people onboard survived to tell their stories. here's nbc's jeff rossen. >> reporter: as paramedics arrive the jet ripped in two off the runway, it looked like another airline tragedy. >> this is one of the worst aviation mishaps. >> reporter: but soon passengers would emerge, all of them alive. >> my shoulder here is messed up. >> reporter: after departing new york, the caribbean airlines flight stopped in trinidad and flew on to guyana. there the boeing 737 touched down and skidded off the runway, stopping just 200 feet short of a ravine. thinking it was over, passengers say they clapped, that when the
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cabin broke in half. >> i told my friend, we're going to die, we're going to die. the plane, it doesn't have enough runway to stop. >> everybody was screaming. >> reporter: there were 163 people onboard, dozens were injured, most of them have already been released from the hospital. >> it's amazing to leave in a aircraft in that shape with a handful of very small injuries. >> reporter: while it's rare, planes have broken about before with no deaths. two years ago this american airlines 737 slammed into the runway in jamaica finally coming to a halt and breaking apart. all 154 people aboard survived. >> the seats have been increased in strength so that they will now withstand 60 times the force of gravity before they depart the floor. >> reporter: this weekend, the ntsb is sending a team to the crash site in gayana looking for
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>> good morning. i'm sarah caldwell. the time is 8:25. here is a look at some of our top stories this morning. baltimore police are investigating two separate triple shootings, one deadly. investigators say a 31-year-old man was shot in the chest early saturday morning in the 3800
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block of boland avenue in northeast baltimore. he was rushed to bay view where he died. a short time later police learned two others were shot at the same location. no word on their condition. >> a shooting ends with two people injured from the 500 block of west hoffman street. an unknown gunman approached the victims and opened fire. they were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. anyone with information is urged to call police. >> the search continues for a suspect after a man is found shot to death inside the trunk of a parked car. the car was found near the intersection of north gay and east preston streets. the victim was suffering from gunshot wounds to the head. he was pronounced dead at the scene. those who live near the area say this is nothing new. >> this happens all the time. there is no regard -- they don't
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have any regard for other people's lives. it is sad. >> no word on a possible motive. the victim's identity has not been released. if you have information, you are asked to call baltimore police. >> a man missing after he went into a pasadena creek. maryland natural resources play police say the man went into a boat but never resurfaced. diving teams assisted in the search but did not find the man. police are trying to determine if he made it to shore. no word on his identity.
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>> good morning, everyone. it looks like it will be a nice close to the weekend today. post-ly sunny is our forecast. the high temperatures will climb into the low 90's this afternoon. sunset this evening at 8:20. overnight tonight are mild. temperatures drop back into the 70's. winds light and variable. mainly in the afternoon, they will be hit and miss. the high temperatures between 90 and 95. we'll keep that slight chance for thunderstorms in the forecast for tuesday and wednesday as well. we'll drop high temperatures into the upper 80's. as we head into next weekend, we'll be dropping around to 90 degrees. >> 11 news sunday morning starts in 25 minutes.
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we're back on this sunday morning, july 31st, 2011. it is the last sunday in july already. we got a warm, but beautiful start to our day out here on our plaza and a nice-looking crowd joining us this morning outside studio 1a. you're all nice looking, why can't i say that? i wanted to make sure they weren't good looking, you don't want to throw words like that out there. i'm jenna wolfe, you guys probably already know that that is lester holt. you are, right? >> i am. coming up, talking about the royal wedding. not that royal wedding, but a different royal wedding. >> zara philips married one of england's top rugby players and
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he has a broken nose to prove it. should we expect all the pomp and circumstance from william and kate's wedding. we head live to scotland in just a moment. we head to italy for the latest in the amanda knox case. they questioned the validity of the dna evidence used to convict her. right now she's serving that 26-year sentence for murder, but that expert testimony could be her ticket to freedom coming up we'll hear how she's feeling about all of this when we talk live to amanda's mother, just ahead. just when you thought it was safe to turn your television back on, it's back. that yearly adventure into the deep with some of nature's most amazing and terrifying creatures. we're talking shark week it kicks off tonight on discovery channel. coming up, why more of the great whites are being spotted as far north as massachusetts, even forcing some beaches to close. i think that was a plot of a movie a while back. >> do you watch shark week?
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i get excited for it. >> we always like to be afraid of sharks. but, first, william and kate may already be living happily ever after but yesterday they gave up the spotlight to another royal couple who wants a fairy tale wedding of their own. stephanie gosk is live for us in edinburgh, scotland, with more. hey, stephanie. >> good morning, jenna. we watched william and kate get married three months ago. that wedding and the party afterwards cost more than $30 million. this wedding, by comparison, was a more modest $800,000. but there was no doubt by the end of the day that this was still a royal affair. it's a good year to be a royal. weddings do wonders for public support. a larger than expected crowd outside the church, let it be known. the royal finery was on display for the second time this year. big cheers for the newlyweds the duke and duchess of cambridge.
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for this wedding, the pressure was off. the bride and grooms are relative unknowns outside the uk. zara philips the 13th in line for the throne and her husband, mike tindall, the head of the rugby team. >> of course, no occasion where the queen and prince william and kate are attending can be private, not with the world's press outside. >> reporter: there were no cameras in the church, not like in april when 2 billion people around the world got front row seats. this time only 400 guests were invited and the public wasn't openly encouraged to line the streets. but there were some people you couldn't keep away. >> a lot of people say that the royal family is sort of, you know, the monarchy is the thing of the past. >> no, no, no, don't you believe it. >> reporter: zara philips is not your typical royal. princess anne, her mother, did not give her a title at birth. instead, encouraging independence. and philips who made her name as a professional equestrian says
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she won't take her husband's name. a modern approach that sets a  royal precedent. but still plenty of royal tradition on display from the order of the arrivals to the reception at the queen's residence. the latest generation of the monarchy is striking their own balance between the new and the old. and from the response they've received in scotland, it seems to be working. zara is known as a bit of a rebel. she is famously the only member of the royal family with a pierced tongue. this was a chance for her to show she has grown up and mellowed out a little bit. she chose steuben harvin and he is actually one of the queen's favorites. >> a pierced tongue. i never thought i would say this on tv, but tmi. thank you very much. we want another check of our weather and for that we head over to janice huff. >> but, first, it's my cousin's birthday. come say happy birthday to her,
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if you can. happy birthday from columbia, south carolina. let's see what's happening. a lot of people back here. big crowd of everyone. hi, everybody. where are you guys from? >> maryland. >> you having fun here at "today" show? >> having a good time. >> let's check the weather and see what's going on. of course, in texas and pretty hot in maryland and in the tropics, getting kind of active. we have a new tropical wave now moving towards martinique. the next tropical storm in the atlantic, which would be emily. still hot there and very, very dry. bone dry with temperatures in the 90s to near 100 degrees. i think i got it. i got it. >> we're off to a nice quiet start on this sunday. it is going to be a nice day. the humidity has gone up a little from yesterday, but not
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bad. and down to the gulf coast and back to the southeast again today. and now here's lester. >> janice, thanks. now to the appeals trial of amanda knox. court goes into recess for a month ending on a cliff hanger, though. can the prosecution repair the damage after its key dna evidence is discredited in court. keith miller is in perguia, italy, with the latest. >> they aimed to dismantle the forensic experts so much so that the local newspaper here called it an attempted demolition but no denying that the dna evidence presented by the independent
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experts basically saying there is none was like sending a torpedo through the courtroom. the prosecution lashed out at the findings of an independent panel of forensic scientists who called the dna evidence used to convict knox unreliable. the judge read a letter from the head of italy's police forensic team defending the professionalisms of his officers. the findings of the court-appointed experts is major embarrassment to the major police who were accused of more than 50 breaches of forensic protocols. dna is that center of this case and was used to convict knox and her former boyfriend of murdering her roommate, meredith k kercher. the most damaging finding is the absense of dna on the alleged murder weapon, a kitchen knife, as the prosecution contended. that new finding, according to a leader criminal attorney in rome, appears to seriously undermine the prosecution's case. >> if i were reviewing this from
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an american point of view, i would say most definitely it looks like a slam dunk. >> reporter: the knox family remains optimistic, but upset judicial delays in the appeal mean knox will spend another summer behind bars. the judges adjourned the trial until september 5th and then come back for at least a half dozen more sessions. by the way, lester, he is able to give three different rulings at the end of this. he can find amanda knox not guilty and overturn the conviction and impose a harsher sentence if new evidence arrives or in the end he could actually reduce her sentence. lester? >> keith miller, thank you. so how is amanda holding up after this pivotal week in her defense and how is her family feeling about last week's promising testimony? we're joined now by her mother, edda mellas. naung for joining us. good to see you. >> thank you, lester.
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>> this is good news for you and amanda. we saw her smiling a couple times in court. what is her sense right now? is she afraid to get her hopes up or pretty jubilant about where things look right now? >> she's pretty happy about what they said in court. they supported everything our experts said. but she's still locked up and in prison and that's where it stops. we won't really be happy until she's out. >> a bit of a cliffhanger here. the prosecution was just starting to take its shot to repair the damage over those dna findings and now, of course, the break for the month of august. do you see any reasonable scenario under which the prosecution can punch holes and try to resurrect this dna evidence in their favor? >> no, you know, it's amazing because they've been using their own words and their own videos, so you can't take that away. it's out there and i don't see any way they can repair that? >> what has been the sense, you
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were there in the courtroom during the regular trial and spending time in erugia in the appeals process. how have things changed how apanda and the town perceives all of this? >> i mean, a definite change in the courtroom atmosphere with the judge, the italian newspapers are all going, you know, asking questions like, why is this happening? why are these kids all, still locked up and how could this happen? so, there's definitely been a change. >> you know, keith mentioned the possible outcomes of all of this. the judge could simply declare her not guilty and set her free and he could impose a harsher sentence if there is new evidence or reduce her sentence. what are your lawyers telling you that if this dna evidence remains discredited with the likely outcome would be? >> well, they're saying that everything is looking great. that it's never looked better and that, you know, justice finally should happen and she should go home.
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>> how do you manage your expectations and how do you help manage amanda's expectations. this is very positive news for her and, yet, as we know, anything can happen at any point. >> right. you know, we take it day by day, as does amanda. it's just surviving to the next day and looking towards the next court hearing and we're all doing that. >> and how are her spirits in general now? she's been behind bars for a very, very long time. >> well, you know, you know, she's suffering in jail. it's really horrible for her, but i think every time she hears good news it takes a little bit of pressure off of her. she's really not allowed other than immediate family and a few close friends, she's not allowed any other visitors. >> edda mellas, thank you very much. great talking to you. great white. what is brings the sharks back to the beaches off new england.
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♪ hershey's chocolate syrup. stir up a smile. for 24 years it's been a summer ritual not to miss, shark week and tonight it begins with an up close and personal look at the fiercest and most famous of them all, the great white. shark scientist greg is here, his documentary "jaws comes home" airs on discovery channel. thanks for being here.
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>> thanks. >> you actually did something that hasn't been done in 30 years. you went out and you filmed great white sharks in the cape cod area. why is that an area that is so hard to really capture these great whites? >> much of what we know about white sharks in the world comes from areas in the pacific and indian oceans. virtually nothing from the atlantic. but we're seeing a changing dynamic off the coast of new england and it's drawing these white sharks in and giving us for the very first time an opportunity to get insights into how these animals live and to shoot them underwater. >> what is that changing dynamic that is really drawing these sharks to this area? >> over the past 40 years we were protecting the population and we're seeing that population respond. we're seeing growth in numbers, they're expanding. more and more of them and they're drawing the sharks close to shore because white sharks like to feed on them. >> we were just talking about this. i asked you, do you ever get scared? and you say i wouldn't be human if i didn't get scared.
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there is a difference between being human and looking at this. this must terrify you and make you want to do something else for a living. >> no. these animals fascinate me and learning about them for the first time is fantastic. a rare opportunity and i'm pretty excited about it. >> you talk about learning about them. you tagged four great whites in the cape cod area. what do you expect to learn from these animals and what are these sharks that you saw. an 18-foot great white. i mean, that's just enormous. what is the information that you want to get from tagging these sharks? >> we're trying to piece together how these animals live from day-to-day. what are their migratory patterns and what habitat do they prefer to be in. by knowing more about these sharks and other species of fish we can better conserve and manage them. >> one thing you did learn is that these sharks, these great whites will dive 3,000 feet under the atlantic ocean where it's cold and it's dark. why would they want to do that? >> that is an excellent question.
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>> i'm sure you asked them. what did you tell them? >> they refuse to respond in englux. >> they're so stubborn. that is a great white for you. >> why are they going down there? most likely a feeding opportunity. we can spy on them, but we can't really see what they're doing. >> this video that we're looking at, this is what you guys shot? >> this similar video is from the coast of south africa. the stuff we shot is in the atlantic and one scene where we have a 3,000-pound female white shark wrapped up in a cage i'm sitting in. i have a little anxiety at those moments. >> just a little bit. >> enough of me to think in terms of, what do i do now? >> what do you do now? >> you sit still and hope to ride it out. >> you learned a lot about these animals. >> yeah. >> what is the message after people watch this documentary that you want folks that still plan to swim in the cape cod area to take away from this documentary? >> it's kind of a success story. if you protect one species, other species will show up and
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the eco system will be more balanced. i don't want you to be afraid of these white sharks. if you go swimming in an area where there are a lot of gray seals and white sharks eat gray seals, think twice. >> just ask them nicely if they wouldn't mind eating something besides me or my friends. >> remember, they don't really want to eat people. >> i'll make sure i tell them that next time. we look forward to watching it tonight. first, these messages.
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from chicken to beef not all meats are created equal when if comes to putting them on the grill. how do you make sure your
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barbecue is the best on the block? here to join us is andrew. good morning, great to see you. >> nice to see you, lest. >> we are going to be grilling. i wore my best suit today. i want to start from scratch. seasoning. what the best way to season your chicken, beef? >> this is the number one thing people can do at home to act like a chef. season your food. you're not just seasoning the outside of your food. think of you seasoning the inside, as well. so, you want good, kosher salt and a healthy dose of fresh cracked pepper. so, this right here is our prep area. i've divided it into three things. prep and then we go to the fire and then we go to the finish. >> we have chicken here and bone in and boneless. what do you like for grilling? >> convenience wise the boneless is great, but where there's a bone, there's usually flavor. it takes more time, but i think the flavor is a lot better here. it takes, you know, double the time, but this is really what you want to go with. >> when you talk about making
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hamburger patties, what is one of the secrets? >> the number one thing people make a mistake of, too compact of a burger. it gets gray the flesh when you cook it. you want to make a little bit of a divot in here so you don't get that flier saucer effect on the grill. i'll show you why when we get to the grill. >> you want fat content. >> i like 80 lean to 20 fat. you can go higher depending if you're working out. >> we talk steaks here real quickly in terms of thickness. >> this is, again, when you go to a steakhouse you get a great steak and why can't you get that at home? 1 1/2 to 2 inches thickness. you want to go to the butcher and ask them to do that. the reason for that, you get a wonderful char and if you like your steak medium rare, it gets to medium rare. you have enough thickness. there's nothing wrong with this, but this is like elevating the burger right here. >> when you geet tt to the gril here, you're almost in favor of creating two temperatures.
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why is that? >> we have our hot zone. the 2-2 rule. two seconds, two inches above. if you can do that, then you're probably ready to go to the grill. then you have your cool area here. when you do get flare ups instead of using the water bottle which people do. you see that coming up. the ashes and that's getting on your burgers. >> you want to start here. >> if you do get flare ups and if this was the flare up, you move it over to your cool area. you do that. the other thing to remember to do, when they're mareinating chicken or sauces, they put that on in the beginning of the grilling. so much sugar that those will start to char and get black. >>iolike mine dripping in mare na marinade. >> you can apply a little bit more and you can guarantee the crispy skin and also the chicken is cooked. >> i bet you're going to tell me this is wrong. i am like mr. pat it down.
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>> you bought all that great beef and then you're going to sit there and work all the juices out. and that's why we put that divot in there back at the prep station so it wouldn't create that flying saucer because all humans want to press a burger down. we have to resist that. >> when it comes off the grill, what should i do? >> the most important thing, especially with steak but i do it with all proteins. you take your steak out and you let it rest for at least ten minutes. >> ten minutes. >> ten minutes. no matter what. and what that does is all the juices have time to go back into the meat, more flavor, more juices. so, that's a rule. if i cut this right now, juices would flow all over the place. >> i have learned a lot here. andrew, good to have you on. many grilling weeks ahead, we hope. let's go inside to jenna. thank you very much. we all have those certain movies that really make us grab for a tissue at the end of it that make us ball uncontrollably
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"beaches" tommy boy," you get it. now scientists have discovered one movie in particular that always seems to get absolutely everyone. so, what is officially the saddest movie of all time? nbc's george lewis has the answer. >> reporter: when you think of the saddest movie you've ever seen, what is at the top of your list? is it "titanic" with leo dicap rio freezing at the end? >> i'll never let go. i promise. >> reporter: or perhaps it was "terms of endearment" that moved you. >> take care. >> reporter: many people remember from their childhood crying at the movie "old yeller." >> he was my dog. i'll do it. >> reporter: or maybe it was the death of bambi's mother that brought you to tears. >> mother. >> your mother can't be with you any more. >> i cried at the beginning of
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pixar's movie "up." that lovely montage about the life these two soul mates have together. and then the wife passes away. >> reporter: researchers at the university of california berkeley determined in the late '80s that the movie "the champ" was best at evoking feelings of sadness in their test subjects. there's that heartbreaking scene where john voit, a washed up boxer is dying and his son played by 9-year-old ricky schroeder is at his side. >> wake up! wake up! >> reporter: since then, a whole host of scientific researchers have used this scene when they want to induce sadness in the people they're studying. >> i think a good cry at the movie is one of the healthiest things you can do. >> reporter: when the actors put on the mask of tragedy, it
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touches something fundamental inside us, making the saddest movies among the most unforgettable films. for "today" george lewis, nbc news, los angeles. >> well, big question. yours? the one thing i don't know about you, the saddest movie of all time for you is what? >> a lot of sports movies "rockies 3." >> "rudy" did you see that? >> here's a strange one "apollo 13." near the end when the radio silence and nothing and then you see the parachute and the family all starts cheering. >> what you guys don't know towards the end of our sunday show he starts to tear up. so, this guy is quite a little softy. >> i am, i am. we are back after this. you got something right there. >> i just broke down.
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let's go check in, again, with david gregory and find out who his guests are on "meet the press." >> deal or default. the very latest with david plouffe and claire mccaskill and john thune discussing the latest discussions in the senate. that's all coming up on "meet the press." that will do it for us on this sunday morning. richard lui and janice huff, thank you very much next week on "today" i want to toronto and climbed the tower and scaled the top of it. that's not even sort of a joke. we'll have that for you. >> you know they have an elevator. >> yeah. they didn't tell me that until after. also, don't miss brian williams' special "inside
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congre >> coming up, two days until the debt debate that line. why this morning's vote was pushed back, and we will hear it from some of our local representatives as they weigh in on the issue. >> a little bit of rain in the seven-day forecast.

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News/Business. J.K. Rowling. (2011) Report on Tuesday's debt-ceiling deadline; shark week begins; grilling steak, chops and ribs; author J.K. Rowling. New. (CC) (Stereo)

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